String of Pearls: On Being Politic

from Key West

Florida

January 2018

On the flight home from the Florida Keys, I rose and stumbled my way to the back of the airplane to use the lavatory.  I pulled on the door handle and the door opened…  to reveal a woman sitting on the standard appliance.  Reminds me of the explanation of etiquette for men.


1 You open the door and a woman is already using the facility.  You quickly slam the door.  That’s appropriate.

2 You open the door and a woman is already using the facility.  You say, “Excuse me ma’am,” and quickly close the door.  That’s polite.

3 You open the door and a woman is already using the facility.  You say, “Excuse me sir,”: and quickly close the door.  That’s politics.

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